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Parks/Hiking and Biking We may live in a concrete jungle, but Baltimoreans are lucky to have such a wide range of options ...

Gardens Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, (301) 962-1400, brooksidegardens.org. Free is a ve...

Downy Ocean, Hon Stuff to See Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., (410) 524-9433, artleagueofoceancity.com. Fam...

Get Wet and Wade When you're looking for an escape from the hot, hot heat of Baltimore in the summer, sometimes an a...

Pools Baltimore City's Department of Parks and Recreation operates wading pools, indoor swimming pools, a...

Sports Orioles Promotional Nights, through Oct. 3, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, theorioles.com. Even if th...

Art AIA Baltimore Bookstore and Gallery, 11 1/2 W. Chase St., (410) 625-2585, aiabalt.com, 9 a.m.-4:30 ...

Festivals and Extra-vals Sowebo Arts Festival, May 24, around Hollins Market, soweboarts.org. With three stages of live musi...

Kids Stuff to See Clark's Elioak Farm, 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, (410) 730-4049, clarkland...

Zoos Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ, (856) 365-3300, adventureaquarium.com. Just acro...

Fourth Of July Accident's Fourth of July Homecoming, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., South Street Complex, Accident, (301) 746-634...

History Midnight in a Haunted House, 10:45 p.m. through Nov. 2, Jennie Wade House Museum, 548 Baltimore St....

Stage Pillow Talk, through May 24, comedy, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, (301) 617-9906, l...

Music May 21: Trey Anastasio with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Meyerhoff) Coldplay (Nissan Pavilion...

Outdoor Dining Plenty of restaurants have a few table set up outside in warm weather, but here are some of the swe...

Food Festivals Summer is really about taking our favorite activities al fresco, and there are few things Baltimore...

Farmers' Markets BALTIMORE CITY Baltimore Farmers' Market, 8 a.m.-noon Sundays May 3-Dec. 20, Holliday and Saratoga...

Wineries Basignani Winery, 15722 Falls Road, Sparks, (410) 472-0703, basignani.com. Black Ankle Vineyard...

Useful Info Maryland Maryland Office of Tourism Development, visitmaryland.org Maryland Department of Busine...

OC Alternatives Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, (410) 641-1441, nps.gov/...

Posted 5/20/2009

Orioles Promotional Nights, through Oct. 3, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, theorioles.com. Even if the birds are likely struggling through the summer and early fall, there are still good reasons to go to the ballpark if you're not diehard. There's the promotions. Adam Jones has a bobblehead night June 17. They're giving away replica jerseys June 27, foam fingers July 30, and tankards on Oct. 3 for the O's Oktoberfest Celebration. See you (and your O's camo cap, May 25) at the yard.

Friday Evening Social Sailing, 5:15 p.m.-sunset Fridays, Getaway Sailing, 2700 Lighthouse Point, (410) 342-3110, getawaysailing.com. If you've got some sailing experience, you can ply it, brush up on your skills if it's been awhile, or if you have no clue whatsoever, no problem, just sit back and enjoy the cool harbor breeze.

Eastern Wrestling Alliance's Fight the Power, May 30, Tall Cedars Hall, 2501 Putty Hill Ave., ewamaryland.com, $12-$15. What regional pro wrestling lacks in the manufactured intensity of slick teevee spectacle, it makes up with raw emotion. Among eight matches this evening, JD "Bam Bam" Roberts challenges Maryland Champion Chace Rawlings in a bullrope match. Looks like some raw, sometimes brutal, and yes, "family-friendly" fun.

National Trails Day, June 6, American Hiking Society, (301) 565-6704, americanhiking.org. The 17th annual celebration of America's trail system's theme "Take in the Outdoors" couldn't come at a better time: everyone is broke and looking to recharge their computer-weary batteries, no? Take the bait and makes plans now to spend the day enjoying the great outdoors, flexing your muscles, and soothing your soul under the wide open sky. Challenge yourself to spend as little money as possible while you're at it.

Sisters of Chrome Teddy Bear Run, 10:30-11:30 a.m., bikes leave at noon from the Harley Davidson Store, 8845 Pulaski Hwy., party at Long Beach Restaurant and Tavern, 818 Bowley's Quarters Road, Middle River, (443) 717-1116, sistersofchrome.com. Five bucks and a new teddy bear will get you on the road and in the afterparty, but you must pre-register for this Sisters of Chrome Women's Motorcycle Club's first annual drive for teddy bears to be donated to local police, paramedics, fire departments, and shock trauma units to give comfort to children in need of a snuggle.

Family Fun Night at the YMCA, 6-9 p.m. June 6, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Family Center Y at Stadium Place and the Druid Hill Family Center Y, July 24 at the Walter and Betty Ward Family Center Y, and Aug. 22 at the Catonsville Family Center Y, ymaryland.org. If you've been thinking about joining, and you have kids, tonight's the night to try the Y. The city's two YMCAs throw open their doors, and families can swim, climb rock walls, and try the gym or a fitness class for free.

Maryland State Boating Course, 9 a.m. June 6-7, Middle River Yacht Club, Flotilla2204.info, $25. Learn to tell port from stern, how to read a navigational map, what to do in an emergency, and generally how to not be stupid on the water in this two-day class taught by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

White Rose Motorcycle Club Professional Hill Climb, 12:30 p.m. June 7, White Rose Motorcycle Club, 5252 Hillclimb Road, Spring Grove, Pa., (410) 255-3805, whiterosemc.org. It's just a short ride up to the White Rose compound for the grand spectacle of the Motorcycle Hill Climb. If you haven't seen this simplest of all motorsports, you're missing out. Just a rider, a nitro fueled, custom-built motorcycle, and a steep-ass hill. Get a good seat, but be aware, the net doesn't catch all the rocks these monsters spew out behind them. Held rain or shine.

8-Mile Hike Through Druid Hill and Wyman Parks, June 10, (410) 544-3951, mcomd.org. The Mountain Club of Maryland organizes a ton of hikes around the area, but this is a first for them--a hike through our own backyard, where graffiti spotting is as much of a sport as bird watching.

Roller Derby, 6 p.m. June 13, Du Burns Arena, 1301 Ellwood Ave., charmcityrollergirls.net. The ladies of the Charm City Roller Girls will only be playing a handful of home games this season. For this one, they're taking a break from kicking ass abroad and turning their destructive tendencies on each other. Mobtown Mods vs. Junkyard Dolls and Speed Regime vs. Night Terrors.

Tour Dem Parks, Hon!, 7 a.m. June 14, Carroll Park, tourdemparks.org. Here's your chance to take in the bike trails we've documented at citypaper.com/go/bikebaltimore. The Tour Dem Parks, Hon! folks organize this yearly bike festival where riders can take in the city's park system's greenery and scenery in chunks ranging from 12 to 64 miles. Oil your chain, fill your water bottle, and head to Carroll Park, where the rides start and end.

DAD'S All Car, Truck, and Hot Rod Show, 1-7 p.m. June 20, Security Square Mall, 6901 Security Blvd., baltimorecocorvetteclub.com. The Corvette is no re-creation like the Dodge Challenger or nostalgic retool like the Mustang--the 'Vette is the American muscle car that has somehow stayed unapologetically consistent since the golden age of Detroit iron (or in this case, fiberglass). Likewise, the aficionados have aged without losing their edge. Meet them and the cars they lovingly maintain--as well as a contingent of other hot rods and trucks--at the Baltimore County Corvette Club's annual DAD'S show.

International Go Skateboarding Day, June 21, goskateboardingday.org or skateboardiasc.org. If you put your feet on a skateboard today, you will doing it in solidarity with skateboarders over the whole world. We're not sure what events may pop up in Baltimore, but here's a thought: Inner Harbor Critical Mass.

Carlisle All GM Nationals, June 23-25, Carlisle, Pa., carsatcarlisle.com. What slavishly restored GM auto built in 2009 will be on display at the fairgrounds at Carlisle in 2049? Still scratching your head? Maybe because the old love that's kept so many guys restoring GTOs, Camaros, Chevelles, Firebirds, and Cadillacs doesn't figure in GM's corporate vision these days. Stroll the lanes of GM brand history, along with some contemporary concept vehicles we hope represent four decades hence.

2009 US Lacrosse U-15 National Championship, July 6-10, Cedar Lane Sports Park, Columbia, uslacrosse.org. The first-ever U.S. lacrosse championship invites 32 boys teams and 32 girls teams from around the country to battle it out through brackets and pools.

U.S. Futsal National Championship, July 9-12, Inner Harbor, futsal.com. What's a futsal, you ask? It means indoor soccer, and this is the 24th national championship.

Xterra EX2 Off-Road Triathalon and Duathalon, July 12, Rocky Gap State Park, Flintstone. Not a fan of exercise? Get a year's worth of it done on a single day at Rocky Gap. Swimming, running, biking, then more running, which seems like it should be a quadrathalon, but maybe there's no such thing.

Malibu's Classic Surf Competition, July 18-19, 8th Street, Ocean City, marylandesa.org. Everybody says the real surfing in OC happens in the winter, but you've sort of got a tree falling in the forest situation there, because when it's that cold, who's going to stand around and watch? The Eastern Surfing Association and the Surfriders will be running competitions throughout the summer, so check the ESA's web site for the schedule.

88th Petersville Farmer's Club Joust, July 19, 3816 Petersville Road, Brunswick. It should come as no surprise that there are jousting tournaments going on all the time here. After all, it's our official state sport. Probably a match going on down on Pratt Street as you read this. You didn't think jousting was only for Ye Olde Renaissance Faire did you? Well huzzah, varlet. Get thine lance and steed and smite or be smitten.

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